Irony sharpens irony
June 29, 2014 § 88 Comments
Some folks may be interested in a few responses to some of my recent posts.
I don’t twitter myself, since I can’t seem to fit much worth saying into 140 characters or less. But apparently there has been talk that some folks might be inclined to stop taking me seriously. That sounds ominous, so you might want to check it out.
Free Northerner doubles down on what Foseti called the “one key tenet of the neoreaction”, that “Progressivism is a nontheistic Christian sect” and therefore “[Richard] Dawkins is a non-theistic Christian”. There isn’t anything especially new that I can see, but there is an obligatory lengthy quotation from the Prophet Moldbug. Where I come from, a statement like “Richard Dawkins is a non-theistic Christian” popping out of your logic-box is called a reductio ad absurdam. The thing to do when you hit a reductio like that is examine your premises.
Free Northerner also helpfully confirms that no, not a single soul in the group of bloggers who self-identify as neoreactionary expressed the slightest awareness that the Mark Shea affair might not reflect well on neoreaction. In addition, he recruits none other than C S Lewis to argue that the term ‘adult’ is an anti-concept.
More twitty stuff, contending that those who reject antiessentialism as stupid, wrong, and nominalist Just Don’t Understand Cladistics[tm]. Also, one commenter helpfully explains that by using the magic word “cladistics” you can turn men into fish, and Richard Dawkins is a Christian in the same sense that a man is a fish.